Exodus 7-8. Moses the Master Magician, Societal Significance of the Plagues. Moses comes before Pharaoh and fails to persuade him. This was all a set-up. Pharaoh is the mighty Dragon, the Nimrod/Armilus, the master of the old world order that still seeks to become the new world order. How Moses was perceived, not as a man of God, but as a man of sorcery, out to overthrow the system. Culture war. The plagues of blood and frogs attacked the very stability of the Egyptian culture and economy. Each plague has significant social and political meaning, both in ancient Egypt and in modern times, when prior to the coming of Mashiah, the plagues are to return. The plagues are archetypes that dismantle the old system. This lesson begins to explain these archetypes so that we can recognize their application today in modern times. Readings from Out of the Iron Furnace by Rabbi Eliezer Ben-David.